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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2012
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Ashford is a great school. For me it was my first college experience and I was able to advance my career. The classes are interactive and the instructors/professors are very knowledgeable. The strong points of Ashford is the student services, the interaction of the classes and the help you get from the instructors/professors. The weak points is Ashford is a bit spendy, overall the cost is comparative to most online classes. I felt what you get far out weighed the cost. I recommend Ashford for the student that wants flexibility and enjoys the online class environment. Good luck all.

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Melodie Washington - 18 days ago

I am a first time student its very challenging as well as rewarding.

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Degree: Science, Technology and Society
Graduation Year: 2014
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Ashford is basically a scam. They lie about every single thing just to get you to sign up. They dont tell you that your degree will be useless and you will have to repay a ton of debt with no job because every employer thinks online schools are a joke.

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ADF - about 1 month ago

I'm taking a class with them now. What do you mean by degree is useless? Were you not able to obtain a position post graduation? Please HELP!!!

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max nah - about 1 month ago

Personally I do not have problem with the instructors rather the administration lied too much when it comes to financial aspect. You will receive so many different messages from so many people in the finance department with lots of inconsistencies. As the result you or one doesn't even know where he or she stands.

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JEF - 21 days ago

This is hilarious. Look at the degree 'B' wrote. Ashford doesn't even offer that degree, so why don't you write what you actually earned your degree in? Job searching is hard work and AU does not offer any job placement- like most normal colleges. People need to understand the financial commitment they are making before signing up for classes. Maybe people are coming in with unrealistic expectations.

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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2012
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After reading several negative reviews regarding Ashford University, I thought I would finally write and send in a review of my own. I found access to the site very safe and reliable. The staff and administration was always there for me. In order to complete an on-line education, one must have initiative. I believe that all of the complainers are lacking is some areas, and therefore; have problems that eventually escalate, causing frustration and/or failure. Ashford is pricey, but because of the convenience, very well worth it.

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Robin Gray - about 1 month ago

Thank you for your comment. I feel so much of the media fallout concerning Ashford being a "For Profit" scam is truly given by those who failed to meet the challenge of online University. What do you call brick and mortar schools that charge $50,000. a year? The punch line must be FOR PROFIT. Every instructor I had at Ashford was a PhD, helpful, involved and the work was Hella challenging. I miss learning like that.

I have not found work that is worthy of my Degree, however, that is on me, I do not have the experience that the jobs require even though Ashford more than prepared me intellectually for those jobs; specifically the Forbes School of Business. People who talk trash about this online school have weak cognition, it is accredited. What other trends that cannot be stopped do they dispise.

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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2012
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This is not a good college at all. They lied to me when I enrolled. They changed my coursework several times. They tried to drop me because they would not send me the paperwork I needed to fill out. Then they changed my fafsa paperwork so I would stop getting aid and had to pay them out of pocket before I could get my two BA degrees. And finally they decide right when I get my two diplomas in the mail that I have one degree and two diplomas. They lied and jerked me around for 4 1/2 years. It was insane. Do not go here. They are terrible to students and rude and over priced.

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Jamie S. - 28 days ago

I attended this school for both my Bachelors and Masters Degrees. I explained exactly what I needed in my Bachelors degree only to find out now 6 years later that my degree is useless for my career. My advisor told me it was exactly the degree I needed for what my future plans were. After taking all the classes and graduating I received a bill stating that I still owed for my last class. I paid it and continued on with a Masters Degree that was only a "fall back on" degree if needed... completed all the classes per the advisor, graduated and now still no actual degree in my hands. When I finally got a real person to call me back I again was told I did not pay for my last class. How do you walk at graduation with not paying for the last class? No one to this day has called me back or will fix this mess.

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Graduation Year: 2015
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I found Ashford University to be an excellent online degree program. Thier student portal which was also accessible from mobile devices was very user friendly and professionally run. The online library database and option for e-books made it easy to access reference material or study anywhere. The five week classes with discussion posts due on Day 3 of each week, a 3 to 5 page paper or quiz due on day 7 of each week and a 8 to 15 page paper or research project due at the end of every class, greatly improved my research and writing skills. I have taken 35 classess with Ashford and have writen over 150 papers.

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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2011
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I had a fine experience with Ashford. I had attended community college previously and most of my credits transferred. I had also took a financial certification test through my job and was able to receive transfer credit for it as well. Ashford was beneficial for me because it allowed me to complete schooling while continuing to work. I actually wanted to attend a traditional on campus school but many of their classes are daytime and are designed for the "traditional" college student. I guess I could say that I was born during the right time because this option wasn't always available. The classes challenged me. I think like with anything you get out of it what you put into it. It takes self discipline. I had taken a hybrid online course at community college so this wasn't my first experience with distance learning. As far as degree credibility I have not had any problems. I applied for classified jobs with the school system. Some positions required college credits or verification of a degree. I submitted transcripts and it was fine. In instances where the pay was more for a bachelors I received more. I worked in 4 different districts. I also was accepted into an alternative teacher certification program with this degree. So for me I have not had any problems with the degree being accepted.

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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2018
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Ashford online is a wonderful school to attend! I am a sophomore nearing my junior year, and have had some wonderful experiences with the staff, counselors and professors! Of course, every now and then, you are going to run into those that are not so attentive; however, the good overcomes the bad. Any time I have a financial situation, my financial advisor is always prompt in answering all my questions and getting the ball rolling. If I have something I don't understand, my professors have always been prompt. The work is hard, yes, but if it weren't, I would not be accomplishing anything. You definitely have to have a desire for an education when you go to Ashford, without it, you will be one of the sooth-sayers like you find on here complaining because it's always somebody else's fault other than your own. And, Ashford, I guess, is the perfect one to lay your failures on, huh? Ashford is a wonderful school if you are will to put everything else aside, and make your studies top priority. It's not putting your family aside, it's securing a future for your family. Do not let negativity cause you to lose what Ashford has to offer you! Those complaining are just needing someone else to blame for their failures.

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Robin Gray - about 1 month ago

Also Think about this: at UCBerkeley or any highly accredited school how often do students get to call or email their professor??? or ever meet face to face.

More accurately, 300 people in a lecture hall is "distance learning".

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Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2015
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Never even made it past a month before my computer shut down from the viruses. Their tech support told me to lower my antivirus security but still there wasn't anything I could do to get to the "safe" links needed for assignments. I've done other schools online and never had a problem with my security until this school. Now I can't go get it fixed since they had to drop me since I had no other means of getting it fixed and also no resources to stay in their guidelines. Not going back to this school even after I finally fix my computer.

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dixie - 2 months ago

I am a sophomore @ Ashford, and have never had any trouble with the technology they have to offer. Maybe it is a "you" problem. After all you did mention that you have done other schools online. What are you trying to take, your ph.d, or something? Did you graduate from the other schools you took online? If so, that is wonderful. Otherwise, after dropping out of the other schools, you might want to look in the mirror, and start blaming the right one. Its not Ashford's fault if you goofed around and picked up a worm. It is seriously a slight chance you got a worm from Ashford's technology because it is highly secure. I am one true witness to Ashford's Awesome Technology & Constellation!!! Go Ashford! Dixie

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Tracy - 2 months ago

Actually I'm only going for my bachelor's. I decided to switch degrees and the one I was going to didn't offer it. And as far as the "me" problem it's not. I have taken it to my computer guy and he tracks everything down. Also I know that it is from them since this was a brand new computer and I only used it for school. No games or email. So next time you want to put blame on someone get the whole story. Don't assume since you made yourself look stupid.

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dixie - 2 months ago

It can't be Ashfords technology, I have never got a worm from them and neither have any of my peers! But whatever, use any excuse for your failures as you want. For anyone reading this, you do not get a virus from Ashford's technology! It is highly secure, and undoubtedly this lady is really lacking college level cognitive skills anyway as it is childish name calling.

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jfin - 2 months ago

I have had the same problem on multiple computers with virus protection only used for class. I have had to be in constant Contact with IT because of things not working in the student portal as well. Definitely not a user error, it is the school platform.

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Kayli - about 1 month ago

I have been going to this school since 2012 and not once have I had virus problems and have multiple devices I use for my classes. One of them a gaming rig so honestly I agree with dixie on this matter. There is no way its Ashford. Not once in three years has anything gotten on my computer from them. Thats two different computers a tablet and android phone non of which got bugged, all of which I still use. Maybe its just you have cruddy anti virus software but then Im wrong right? You probably have the best in all the world and there is just no way it could be your fault. Closed and Shut case according to you so why even bother complaining about it. Plus a month? That is not a fair amount of time to give any company/school a fair chance to prove themselves.

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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013
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I attended Ashford University from 2009-2013 and thought that my learning experience was terrific. Going to Ashford is like anything else in life, if you put the effort in you will succeed. Ashford University offers a lot of people a chance to succeed but some of these people do not put the proper effort into their studies and then complain when they fail classes and lose the money they invested. As a student of Ashford I turned in every assignment in a four year period and received help from instructors whenever I needed it and as a result I graduated with a 3.83 GPA. In my four year journey at Ashford I was fully aware of the attack on the university by Liberal senator Tom Harkin, which resulted in me writing him a letter. After watching the assault come full circle over my four years at Ashford I formed the hypothesis that liberals (so called progressives) hate online, for-profit education because they hate profit, and they no longer control the monopoly on higher learning that has allowed them to indoctrinate America's youth for the last 75 years. Ashford University may make a profit but profit creates competition in the marketplace therefore making the university better in the long run. Also we must remember that schools like Harvard have endowments upwards of 2 billion dollars, that's not profit? In the end I would recommend Ashford University to anyone looking to further their education, but specifically those people who have to work 40 hours a week to support a family, Ashford gives you a chance to learn and work.

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Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2015
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Hi, I wondered about the online environment and wanted to return to school but work and family obligations made it difficult to attend a traditional college. I found the online at Ashford to be a worthy investment. I liked that it was also a brick and mortar school established in 1918. Also, i have a few very good and extremely smart friends that attended for their MS program in HR. This was enough for me. Now, I have had to do a lot of work and remain focused over the past four years and I highly recommend Ashfor for others; as long as you are focused and ready to put in the work. It is necessary to be able to provide good feedback to some that aren't at the same level as you. I say this in response to one of the posts I just read regarding Ashford. The post is from someone in Maryland (as I am) and the complaint is written in a way that suggests the person should have continued in the program. I had a lot of frustration with people that weren't putting in the work and I did challenge these individuals to not only think about what they were doing, but to pay attention to what they are writing -- I give no credit to the post that I mention given they have no credibility simply because of how poorly the post was written! None-the-less, I found my time at Ashford to be helpful and rewarding, a lot of work and a lot of time but certainly worth it to me. I plan to attend another online program for my MS degree and the school change is only for variety! I hope this helps -- do the research but weigh all the information. I can say, after some time at Ashford I was pleasantly surprised by the Forbes joining the University. I think it adds to the legitimacy of the program.

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